Marie AyresMcTimoney Chiropractic and Somatic Movement Classes for Pain Relief
in North London

What to expect during a visit to one of my clinics

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During your initial consultation, I will ask you questions about your health, your lifestyle and the reasons for your visit. This enables me to tailor a treatment plan for you and to assess the best way to proceed. Before I can do this I must have your consent to my privacy policy, which you can read HERE

"This lady is fantastic. Hurt my back badly, could barely stand straight. She sorted it out and could always relieve the tension in my neck. Highly recommend Marie Ayres."

Firstly I will want to rule out anything serious. Don't worry - even though it can be excruciating, less than 5% of back pain and other musculoskeletal pain is serious, so it's very unlikely there will be any cause for concern. Once I feel sure it's ok to proceed, I'm likely to recommend a brief course of treatment, along with a personalised plan to address your pain in the short term and manage it in the long term. This personalisation is important, because the factors that influence pain vary with each person. I will work with you to find out what is contributing to your pain and teach you what you can do yourself to modify the pain. The duration of your plan will depend on you, your goals and preferences.

"Since seeing Marie just twice about lower back pain and a 'tennis elbow'...both issues are now no longer troublesome and full range of movement/strength has been restored. Marie is kind and attentive and explains everything she is doing. She has magical hands and I would recommend her to anyone with musculoskeletal problems."

The chiropractic treatment I provide focuses on easing pain and discomfort, often with results from your very first session. I use only my hands to locate and gently manipulate the bones and joints of the spine, pelvis, cranium and extremities using light, swift, dexterous adjustments. McTimoney chiropractic works within the normal range of motion of your joints, meaning there is no audible cracking or popping sound associated with some other techniques. You are always in a neutral position, either sitting, standing or lying down. In addition to McTimoney Chiropractic, I weave Emmett Technique into the treatment to facilitate the adjustments. I make you as comfortable as possible and some people become so relaxed they even drift off to sleep.

"You were absolutely invaluable in getting me through my pregnancy. I had pelvic girdle pain from around 16 weeks and was really beginning to struggle with the discomfort. Your expert touch definitely got me through the pregnancy without needing crutches, or becoming a lot more immobile. I still benefit from the occasional visit to you, but you worked your magic brilliantly!! Thank you..."

How many sessions will I need?

The number of follow up sessions required for the outcome that most people desire differs for each person, but three to six is about average. I ask that to begin with, you commit to at least three sessions, at least one to two weeks apart (treatment or self-care exercise sessions, or a combination of both) to really notice a difference in the way you feel. You are under no obligation to do this - if one session achieves the outcome you need, then great. I do think the treatment has an accumulative effect, so a minimum investment of three treatments is what I recommend if you really want to see a meaningful, positive change. Maintenance sessions are also recommended - again the duration between sessions varies between individuals, but I advise most clients to attend every three months to maintain the progress achieved from prior sessions and build on the investment they have already made. Again, there is no obligation. Some clients prefer to book when they feel they need to, which may be every 4 weeks or 6 months. After a while, you will find the frequency that works for you.

I will never recommend you have treatments more than once a week. More frequently than this is just not necessary.

Will I have to undress?

I use my hands to feel the bones and muscles. To facilitate this, please wear loose comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely- leggings or joggers are perfect. I may ask you to remove your top or t-shirt when I come to adjust your spine, but if you don't want to, it's ok.

Will I need an X-ray?

I do not take X-rays. I will refer you to an alternative practitioner or consultant when appropriate, to ensure you are getting the very best care. Very occasionally, I refer patients for an xray or MRI, if required.

Do I have to pay up front for a course of treatment?

Absolutely not! I never charge for treatments you have not received. It's pay as you go!

Unless you are paying by cash at the time of your appointment, the fees are due in advance by card payment or bank transfer. You will receive your invoice by email with instructions for how to pay. There is also an option to pay by card when booking online.

Can I claim on my health insurance policy?

Most health insurance policies include chiropractic treatment in their list of benefits. You may be able to claim the cost of your treatment. Please check with your provider for details.

Please note, I do not invoice insurance companies. Payment is due at the time of the appointment and I provide a receipt for you to claim back the cost of your treatment from your provider.

I am not registered with Bupa or AXA PPP.

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